Jerrett Phillips has been selected as Cameron University’s Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success. The University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents approved Phillips’ appointment earlier today. He will assume his role effective July 3, 2017.
“With an extensive background in enrollment management and student success and a proven record of accomplishment and achievement, Jerrett Phillips brings direct experience that will be vital to Cameron University’s growth,” says Cameron President John McArthur. “After conducting an extensive national search for the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, which resulted in numerous qualified applicants, Mr. Phillips has been deemed the best fit for this position. I am confident that he will be a tremendous asset for our students and the university.”
"I am excited to be an Aggie and wear the black and gold of Cameron University,” Phillips says. “On my campus visit, I met many talented and dedicated members of the campus community. Each person I met reinforced my decision that Cameron was the right choice for my future. I plan to emphasize that message within our strategic enrollment strategy."
As Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Phillips will be responsible for administration and leadership of the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Success. He will provide direct oversight for the areas of admissions, prospective student services, financial assistance and student services which includes campus housing, student activities, student development, disability services, and recreation and wellness programs.
"During my first 100 days, I plan to experience the culture at Cameron,” he says. “That means meeting as many people as possible on campus and in the community. I look forward to engaging in campus life experiences and learning the likes and dislikes of students. I want to get to know our faculty and work together to strengthen the promotion of academic programs. I want to work with the administrative team and community leaders to expand collaboration opportunities for student engagement and learning in our service area. Most of all, I look forward to getting to know everyone on the Enrollment Management and Student Success team and designing the blueprint of our future."
Phillips will have managerial responsibility for the supervision, evaluation, and training of professional and classified support staff as well as responsibility for the development and administration of budgets including the allocation of university scholarship and waiver funds. He will work collaboratively and creatively with other university executive administrators to maintain and improve a living and learning environment conducive to student success.
"Over the last 18 years, I was privileged to work in many front line roles within enrollment and student service departments,” Phillips says. “During this time, I developed a few mantras that served me well. First, be prepared to walk the walk; actions speak louder than words. Second, college is about learning, for everyone. Third, be transparent, inclusive, empowering, and always put others first."
Phillips comes to Cameron from his position as Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management at the Louisiana State University Eunice, where his team increased institutional enrollment by 16 percent for the Fall 2016 semester and increased Spring 2017 enrollment by 20 percent over the previous spring.
Phillips began his career in higher education in 1999 as an admissions counselor at Bacone College in Muskogee. In 2001, he became responsible for leading the recruitment, admission, immigration, financial aid, new student testing and advisement, and orientation functions. He left his role as Director of Admission & Enrollment at Bacone in 2005 to become Director of Enrollment management/Student Services at Northeastern State University’s branch campus in Broken Arrow, where he strengthened enrollment management policy and increased enrollment outcomes in both headcount and credit hour production.
From 2011-2013, he served as Executive Director of Enrollment Management at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. His accomplishments in that role include increasing the retention rate for first-time college students from 62.5 percent to 68.2 percent, increasing transfer enrollment and improving program articulations with partner community colleges. He also implemented a Title III Program “A” grant for NSU’s Student Academic Success Center.
Phillips returned to NSU-Broken Arrow to serve as Director of Student Affairs – Branch Campuses from 2013-2016. The position, a result of the integration of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, allowed him to utilize his knowledge and expertise in enrollment management and student development to advance the campus culture. He led a small, diverse team in an integrated service model that had functional responsibility for admission and recruitment, financial aid, transfer advisement, community engagement, disability services, counseling services, career services and registrar functions.
In April 2016, Phillips accepted the position of Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management at Louisiana State University Eunice, providing leadership for the functions of admissions and recruitment, financial aid, scholarships, the registrar’s office, orientation and career services. He also provided leadership for disability services, student conduct, student wellness, counseling, and residential life.
Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah and a Master of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. He has completed coursework and passed comprehensive exams as part of Oklahoma State University’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies doctorate program. He is currently developing his doctoral dissertation proposal, which he plans to defend in Spring 2018.
Current and past professional affiliations include the Oklahoma College Student Personnel Association, Oklahoma College Day/Night Coordination Committee, Higher Education Forum of Northeastern Oklahoma, Tulsa Metro Chamber College Access Career Readiness Program, Leadership Broken Arrow, American Cancer Society, Saving Our Kids Inc., Society for College & University Planning, Louisiana Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and the Louisiana Board of Regents Council of Enrollment Officers.
June 20, 2017